African Caribbean Business Council general meeting to be held Aug. 30th

DATE: THURSDAY August 30,
VENUE: VICA TECHNOLOGIES LLC OFFICE, 4155 LANCASTERAVENUE PHILADELPHIA PA 19104
TIME: 6.00 PM
AGENDA:
1- Topical Presentation by Leah Brown of Legal Shield
2- Documentary on Entrepreneurship to be Premiered at ACBC Winter Award Dinner
3- Burkina Faso Trade Mission to Philadelphia Sept 13 – 16, 2012 (See Delegation List)
4- Uganda Trade Mission to Philadelphia August 31, 2012
5- Raffle Ticket update, Win a Car with only $5.00
6- ACBC 3RD Winter Award Dinner Update (Report by Planning Committee and Marketing Committee)
7- Other Business (Fund Raising; StartUP Africa)
PLEASE COME WITH YOUR DUES IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID YET.
THIS MEETING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND ALL MUST ATTEND. FOOD WILL BE SERVED SPONSORED BY TOPE IDOWU OF TEEWAI-GOLD MEDIA LLC.  
DOCUMENTARY:
WHERE EAGLES DARE: Stories of Courage & Resilience: This documentary film will feature businesses of members who are willing to share the stories of their exploits. Some of these stories will be dramatized for greater impact and computer graphic effects will also be adopted to render technical issues more comprehensible. The film will encourage and empower people of African and Caribbean descent to start businesses and provide some crucial information that make the African-Caribbean community more aware of the need to embrace entrepreneurship. The film will be premiered at the ACBC Winter Awards Dinner & Fund Raiser in November 10, 2012. It will then be serialized for broadcast on television stations in the USA, Africa and Caribbean.
 
Azuka Anyiam Ph.D
(President ACBC)
VICA Technologies LLC. 4155 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia, PA 19104 (p) 215-386-8140 (F) 215-386-8190

(Direct) 610-637-9284

THE AFRICAN CARIBBEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL’S 2ND ANNUAL WINTER AWARDS AND BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE A SMASHING SUCCESS!!

The leaders and organizers of the 2nd Annual Winter Awards Dinner and Business Roundtable sponsored by the African Caribbean Business Council (ACBC)  have every right to be proud of themselves by the end of the night.

The Business Roundtable, which began the day, proved to be inspirational, eloquent, informative and celebratory as Ambassadors, which represented many countries throughout the African Diaspora, interchanged quite eloquently with an attentive audience made up of potential investors, business leaders and students. The recurring themes of the roundtable were…DO BUSINESS IN AFRICA, AFRICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

The Ambassadors, representing Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, interspersed their remarks with a sense of  humor, hard business facts and rates of growth relative of Western and European countries. Another fact that the Ambassadors left was that Africa is not one country that is often portrayed through the news media, but rather, Africa is a continent with many different countries and cultures.

The State of Pennsylvania Department for Community and Economic Development announced that matching funds are currently available for trade promotions, trade missions and each company or individual can get this fund three times in a year for the expansion of business opportunities in Pennsylvania.

The Business Roundtable was co-moderated by Carol Brooks, Florence Hart, Dr. Azuka Anyiam and Honorable Stanley Straughter. Attendees were then treated to a special lunch of delicious African cuisine with 3,000 year old statues and artifacts from Africa serving as backdrops for this historic occasion.  The luncheon was hosted by the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The group then was treated to Imagine Africa, a tour sponsored by the museum.

In a very relaxed atmosphere, the evening event began with a VIP cocktail reception where the Ambassadors mixed and interacted freely with corporate sponsors, awardees, ACBC executives and other select guests. The attendees of the special VIP reception were treated to a wide array of food and drinks.

The dinner event, which attracted over 200 guests, started with a musical prelude by Rafia, a young, gifted African singer.  Following an opening prayer by The Reverand Osita Ogbunamiri Esq., Dr. Azuka Anyiam gave an overview of the state of ACBC.

Pa. State Senator Mike Brubaker, Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the International Business Caucus Committee, called for closer cooperation between government and the business community and praised the gallant efforts of ACBC.

Sheinelle Jones, news anchor for Fox TV’s Channel 29 and Mistress of Ceremonies, announced winners of ACBC’s Entrepreneurship Award (Blane Fitzgerald Stoddart), the award for Excellence (Voffee Jabeth and Dr. Samuel Quartey) Innovation (Bryan H. Grant and Biyi Oyefule, MD) and Leadership (Dr. Alston B. Meade and Barbera Wilson).

The keynote speaker for the evening was Roxanne Cason of the Cason Family Foundation. Ms. Cason spoke about the importance of empowering the informal waste sector in the waste management continuum. She said this effort will improve recycling, advance composting and waste to energy programs.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride presented both the awardees and Ambassadors with proclamations from their respective cities.

The eventful and historic day closed with a pledge to transforms words into sustainable action in the coming months ahead.

Written by Wayne Browne

Sam Blango: Winter Dinner Award – The African & Caribbean Business Council November 11th


President of Seccom International Group, LLC Sam Blango at the African Caribbean Business Council Awards banquet.


Sam and Judy Blango


Leaders of ACBC Excutive Board members.


Sam with Rudy Ellis, Trenton City Commissioners on IBA


Sam with Hon. Kathy Mcbride, president of Trenton City Council, H.E. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad/ Tobago and Carmen Melendez, Director of Economic/Housing, City of Trenton


Stanly Dike, ACBC Board Member


Mr.Voffee Jabateh ACBC Board Member and his wife Mrs. Jabateh


Biyi Oyefule, MD, Awardee


Sam with Mr. Shelly Zeiger and Mrs.  Zeiger, Commissioner of the city of Trenton on International Business Affairs (IBA)


The Honorable Consulate General for Jamaica Mr. Alston Meade ACBC Board member and his wife Mrs. Meade



Mrs. Judy Blango, Mrs. Zeiger, and Mr. Shelly Zeiger.

The African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) 2011 Business Roundtable Program – November 11th, 2011

The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC)
2011 Business Roundtable Program:

THEME: DRIVING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING
ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL MARKET

Penn Museum is honored to be a sponsor and host of this public program, bringing
together Philadelphia area regional business leaders and ambassadors from eleven
African countries for a rich morning of dialog and discussion. The program runs from 9
am to 1 pm, with an African-style luncheon at 1 pm, and an opportunity to view the
Museum’s Imagine Africa gallery project and the African gallery.

Space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Please call Azuka
Anyiam, Ph.D., President, African and Caribbean Business Council, at (610) 637-9284,
or email him at hanyiam@vicaservices.com with subject line: 2011 Business Roundtable
RSVP and your full contact information.

The program runs in the Penn Museum’s Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street.

Program schedule:

Master of Ceremony/Moderators

Ms. Carol Brooks, Florence Hart, Dr. Azuka Anyiam and

Hon. Stanley Straughter

. Opening Prayer (9:00 am)

Rev. Osita Ogbunamiri Esq.

Financial Secretary, ACBC

. Introduction of ACBC President/Officers (9:05 am)
Hon. Stanley Straughter
Hon. Consul of Guinea

Chairman of Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs

. Introduction of Deputy Mayor and Director Department of Commerce Allan
Greenberger (9:20 am)
Carol Brooks, Manager of International Trade and Diplomatic Liaison

. Introduction of Wilfred H. Muskens Deputy Secretary for International Business
Development (9:35 am)
Carol Brooks, Manager of International Trade and Diplomatic Liaison

. Introduction of Roxanne Cason CEO Cason Family Foundation (9:50 am)
Carol Brooks, Manager of International Trade and Diplomatic Liaison

. Introduction of Jeffrey Jackson Snr Private Sector Advisor USAID (10:00 am)

Carol Brooks, Manager of International Trade and Diplomatic Liaison

. Introduction of Richard Hodges, Ph.D., Williams Director, Penn Museum
(10:10am)
Carol Brooks, Manager of International Trade and Diplomatic Liaison

. Introduction of Ambassadors (10:20 am)
Dr. Azuka Anyiam, Florence Hart and Hon. Stanley Straughter
Chairman of Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs

. Ambassador of Sierra Leone (10.30 am)
H.E. Bockari Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone. Appointment Date Nov., 2007

. Ambassador of St. Lucia (10.40 am)
H.E. Dr. Michael Louis, Ambassador of St. Lucia. Appointment Date May 22, 2008

. Ambassador of Ghana (10:50 am)
H.E. Dan Ohene Agyekum, Ambassador of Ghana Appointment date Jan., 2009

. Ambassador of Nigeria (11.00 am)
H.E. Prof. Ade Adefuye, Ambassador of Nigeria. Appointment Date March, 2010

. Ambassador of Mali (11:10 am)
H.E. Mamadou Traore, Ambassador of Mali Appointment Date March 29, 2010.

. Ambassador of Senegal (11:20 am)
H.E. Fatou Danielle Diagne Ambassador of Senegal Appointment Date March 29, 2010.

. Ambassador of Kenya (11:30 am)
H.E. Elkanah Odembo Ambassador of Kenya. Appointment Date June 2010

. Ambassador of South Africa (11:40 am)
H.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa Appointment Date July, 2010.

. Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago (11:50 am)
H.E. Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago Appointment Date February 7,
2011.

. Ambassador of Botswana (12:00 am)
H.E. Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana Appointment Date February 16, 2011.

. Ambassador of Burkina Faso (12:10 am)
H.E. Bouda Seydou, Ambassador of Burkina Faso Appointment Date Sept. 2, 2011

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
12:20 am – 1:00 pm
. Closing Remarks (1.00 pm – 1:05 pm)

. LUNCH BREAK 1.05 – 1.50 PM

Opportunity to tour Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum

from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.